Ten More Books for the Christmas Season
- Ryan Duncan TheFish.com Editor
- 2011 12 Dec
Last year, I wrote an article about my family and the books we read together on Christmas Eve. With another year gone by, and a new Christmas on its way, I felt compelled to expand my list of classic books for the Holiday season. So, here are ten more books families can enjoy together this Christmas.
The Jolly Christmas Postman - by Allan Ahlberg
Its Christmas time in the land of fairy tales, and the Jolly Postman must make his deliveries to familiar characters like Humpty Dumpty, Red Riding Hood, and the Gingerbread boy. The book contains a number of picture puzzles and tiny letters between characters, fun additions that will make it a big hit among kids.
Who's that Knocking on Christmas Eve? - by Jan Brett
Author/illustrator Jan Brett has certainly made a name for herself with picturesque winter tales. Every year, trolls knock down Kyri's door and eat her Christmas feast. But things change this year when a boy and his pet polar bear stop by on their way to Oslo. As usual, Brett's illustrations are a wonder to look at, and this story remains a great addition to a long line of books.
Jacob's Gift - Max Lucado
Young Jacob has a gift for carpentry, and wants more than anything to win the approval of his teacher, Rabbi Simeon. One night, while staying late to work on his final project, he sees a bright light over his father's stable and discovers a man, woman, and newborn baby inside. This book stands as a reminder that when you give to another, it's like giving a gift to God.
Miracle in a Shoebox - by Franklin Graham and Estelle Condra
If you're looking for inspiration to join Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan's Purse, this book will do it. A nine-year-old boy and his sister learn about compassion and sacrifice when they send presents to children in war-torn Bosnia. The story then shifts to the packages recipients and the hope that is kindled from their gifts.
A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree - by Colleen and Michael Monroe
A charming tale for adults and kids alike, when an overgrown pine is passed over yet again for chance to become a Christmas tree, his woodland friends come to his aid. While the tree sleeps, they decorate him in their own Christmas ornaments, turning him into their own magical Christmas tree. It's a sweet tale that helps us remember how everyone needs to be loved.
Christmas Tapestry - by Patricia Polacco
After Jonathan and his family move to Michigan so that his father can become pastor an old Baptist Church, the family discovers a problem in the wall behind the alter. Not wanting the damage to affect their Christmas congregation, Jonathan and his father find an elegant tapestry to cover the wall. Yet this tapestry is more than it appears, and the events that follow are sure to tug on your heart-strings.
The Promise - by Ted Dekker
Author Ted Dekker has always written about light coming to dispel darkness, and nowhere is this more apparent than his Christmas tale of a boy named Reuben. Orphaned and mute, Reuben's only comfort are his dead mother's shawl and her final promise that one day he will find a king who will give him a voice. For this touching tale, no matter how far darkness casts its shadow, light will always burn brighter.
Christmas in the Trenches - by John McCutcheon
Based on the incredible true story of the WWI Christmas Truce, the book provides a little glimpse into the power of the Christmas message. On Christmas Eve during the war, spontaneous acts of kindness began between the Allied and German soldiers. Soon they were climbing out of their trenches and celebrating together, singing songs and playing games of soccer, and for one night the horrors of war were kept away.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - by Barbara Robinson
This one almost didn't make the list since it's longer than most Christmas stories and contains some occasional strong language, but once you've read Robinson's work, you really can't deny that it is the best Christmas pageant ever. The Herdmans are the worst kids in town. They steal, lie, smoke, swear, and beat up kids for fun. So everyone is surprised when they invade the Churches annual Christmas pageant and take all its leading roles. The hijinks that ensue paint a new picture of the Christmas story, one readers will enjoy again and again.
*This Article first published 12/9/2011
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